Group Counseling Schedule
Interpersonal Process Groups
Past and present interactions with others contribute to shaping personality. Interpersonal process groups are often the treatment of choice for people who experience troubled relationships, loneliness, depression, anxiety, grief/loss, and low self-esteem. These groups offer a safe environment to identify and explore feelings; give and receive support and feedback; practice new, healthier ways of relating to others; and feel less lonely or isolated.
3- 4:30 pm | Tracy Singer, PsyD & Todd Avellar, PhD
3 – 4:30 pm | Rachel Bitman-Heinrichs, MA & Eddie Edelson, MA
10:30 – noon | Jocelyn Gunnar, MA & Ellen Marks, MS
2- 3:30 pm | Simone Collins, PhD & Danielle Gautt, LCSW
*Students of Color
10:30 – noon| Sarah Kohlstedt, PhD & Gabi Koren, LCSW
A supportive group environment focused on the emotional, behavioral, and organizational challenges associated with the dissertation process. Participants establish individual weekly research and personal goals, and share experiences and perspectives around common themes (e.g., procrastination, careers on or beyond the tenure track, advisor etiquette, and juggling multiple life roles).
Wednesdays | noon – 1:30 pm
Group Leader: Jo Hoese, PhD
Graduate Students’ Group
Graduate school is a unique stressor and a different role than undergraduate student. This group will examine the sources of stress, ways to cope, and the role of peer support in adjusting to a role that often feels like it’s 24/7. Topics will be developed by group members, but may include: time management, financial stress, relationship concerns, burnout, isolation, and maintaining balance.
Thursdays | 10 – 11:30 am
Group leader: Felix Savino, PhD
Combined Format Groups
Substance Use Support and Process Group
This group provides a supportive space for students to process challenges regarding patterns of substance use, reasons for use (e.g., to avoid feeling difficult emotions, using to fit in), and impacts of use on interpersonal relationships (e.g., using to increase comfort/confidence in social settings, difficulties developing deeper connections, patterns of secrecy in relationships). It is NOT a prerequisite of the group to want to stop using. This group provides opportunities for peer support, exploration of feelings, giving and receiving feedback, practicing new ways of relating to others, and psychoeducation regarding substance use concerns.
Tuesdays | 10:30-noon
Group Leader: Gabi Koren, LCSW
Managing Challenges: Skill Building Groups
Undergrad & Grad / Concurrent individual therapy required
This group is based on four components: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness. Sessions are designed to teach students skills based on the four components and to do so in a structured and supportive environment. Participants will learn and refine skills that modify behavioral, emotional, and thinking patterns associated with problems in relationships.
Tuesdays | 2 – 4:00 pm
Group Leaders: Jeff Peterson, LCSW & Travis Fox, PsyD
Fridays | 1:30-3:30
Group Leader: Sarah Kohlstedt, PhD & Katie Darnell, PsyD
Meditation is an ancient practice that can bring deep levels of calm and relaxation. The focus will be on breathing/concentration practices and different types of meditation. The meditation groups are ongoing and students can join at any time.
Wednesdays | noon – 1 pm (Union South)
Group Leader: Bob McGrath, PsyD
Mindful Living Group
This group will help participants incorporate focused awareness into their lives, particularly in the areas of academics and studying, relationships, moods and stressors, eating, and generally helping members to develop a more balanced, purposeful, and aware lifestyle. The group will combine activities that promote mindfulness with reflection and discussion about ways members can be more present in their daily lives. Group meets for six sessions.
Wednesdays | 1:30 – 3 pm
Group Leader: Tamar Kelson, PhD
Focus Your Attention: Single Session
This is a weekly single session group centered on increasing self-awareness, focus and attention. Participants will practice an array of strategies designed to strengthen attention, initiate and prioritize tasks, and minimize distractions and procrastination. If your mind is more focused on the ‘here and now,’ just think what you might accomplish!
12:30 – 1:30 pm (6th floor) | Lisa Webne-Behrman, PhD
Practice the skills of mindfulness in this four-week workshop series. Come to one or two sessions, or all four. Increase self-understanding, present moment awareness, and strengthen your capacity to address stressful daily challenges toward a more vital and valued life.
Session 1: Mindfulness of thoughts
Learn to notice thoughts without getting hooked by distressful worry and rumination.
Wednesday, June 21 | 2:30 – 4 pm
Group Leader: Lisa Webne-Behrman, PhD
Session 2: Mindfulness of Behavior with Focus on Improving Stress and Sleep
Address sleep concerns, test anxiety, and general stress with mindfulness based stress reduction strategies.
Thursday, June 29 | 2:30 – 4 pm
Group Leader: Rob Sepich, MA
Session 3: Mindfulness of Emotions
Apply mindfulness to cultivate a more positive feeling tone regarding yourself and the world around you.
Thursday, July 13 | 2:30 – 4 pm
Group Leader: Lisa Webne-Behrman, PhD & Tamar Kelson, PhD
Session 4: Mindfulness of Body
Focus on the mind body connection and how your body holds tension contributing at times to overall stress and pain.
Thursday, July 20 | 2:30 – 4 pm
Group Leader: Tamar Kelson, PhD